Interim Governments

Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy?
December 2007
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This edited volume by Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo explores various aspects of the newly emerging range of interim regimes, focusing on issues of legitimacy, conflict management, and the increasing participation of the international community in transitions from war to peace. Through a set of theoretical and case-study chapters, they and the volume’s contributing authors ask and answer key questions: What sorts of interim governments are in use around the world today, and how do they affect the quality of regime that results once the interim period has ended? How does international involvement affect the balance of power between domestic elites? How does the type of interim regime affect the nature of the post-transition government? Is democracy always the outcome?

Timely, insightful, and compelling, Interim Governments provides important insights in a world where terms such as “regime change” and “nation building” have become common currency and will be a valuable tool for practitioners and academics alike.

"Editors Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo highlight the growing prominence of the international community in attempts to moderate conflict and bring about the cessation of hostilities. The sheer number of countries covered in the volume provides a great resource for anyone interested in developing a better understanding of recent efforts at conflict settlement, democracy-building, and international activity. Interim Governments is a valuable and worthwhile volume that integrates the perspectives of both comparative politics and international relations. Graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and policy makers alike will all benefit from the thoughtful analyses provided in the book."

- — International Studies Review

“Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo have assembled a first-rate group of authors to examine this phenomenon from both historical and functional perspectives. Their conclusions will sometimes surprise—for instance, that imposed nondemocratic regimes have proven more enduring than democratic ones—and always inform. Interim Governments is thus to be welcomed as an important addition to our understanding of how efforts at state building, democratization, and post-conflict reconstruction actually play out.”

—James Dobbins, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation

“Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo have assembled a first-rate group of authors to examine this phenomenon from both historical and functional perspectives. Their conclusions will sometimes surprise—for instance, that imposed nondemocratic regimes have proven more enduring than democratic ones—and always inform. Interim Governments is thus to be welcomed as an important addition to our understanding of how efforts at state building, democratization, and post-conflict reconstruction actually play out.”

—James Dobbins, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation

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